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Snakes Control Blood Flow to Boost Vision

Snakes have infamously poor eyesight, which is why they resort to sticking out their tongues all the time to get a sense of their surroundings. But …

David Attenborough launches £110,000 Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign

Sir David Attenborough is to launch a crowdfunding campaign to help save the mountain gorilla.<p>The veteran broadcaster aims to raise £100,000 on …

Bao Bao is her name: National Zoo panda cub adorable at 100 days

Bao Bao is the name that's been chosen for the female giant panda cub at Washington's National Zoo, following a tally of 123,039 votes. In case you missed it, the name was announced Sunday, giving us all another opportunity to look at pictures of panda cubs.<p>Do it. You'll feel as warm and fuzzy as …

Cute Animals

How koalas make a mating call that ought to come from an elephant

Scientists have figured out how koalas are able to produce a mating call that is so low-pitched it ought to come from a creature the size of an elephant.<p>The vocalizations are made with a previously unknown vocal organ that researchers have dubbed “velar vocal folds,” according to a study published …

Biology

Sexual frustration decreases lifespan -- at least in flies

This will change your whole concept of dead sexy: The chemical attractant wafting from a female fruit fly shortened the lifespan of male flies when the femme fatale didn't deliver on the signal's promise, according to a new study.<p>Male fruit flies who pick up on the female pheromone will decrease …

Biology

Hidden Cameras Reveal the Secret Life of the Serengeti

Many hands, or in this case, many eyes, make light work. It’s a saying that scientists studying wildlife on the Serengeti recently put to the test.<p>Dr. Craig Packer, founder of the Serengeti Lion Project, and one of his graduate students, Ali Swanson, wanted to understand how so many species were …

How Dogs Understand What We Say

Scientists — and anyone who lives with a canine — know that dogs pay close attention to the emotion in our voices. They listen for whether our tone is friendly or mean, how the pitch goes up or down and even the rhythms in our speech.<p>But what about the meaning of the words we say?<p>Sure, a few …

Mapping and Protecting the Biggest Cat in the Americas

Changing Planet<p>The purple regions in the map above show the known populations of jaguars. Explore an interactive version of the map which reveals the corridors between groups that allow these fragmented groups to function as one robust community. (Map by NGM Maps)<p>During the Ice Age, enormous …

Confronting the Rhino in the Room

Changing Planet<p>A small herd of cattle cross in front of us as we we walk down the dirt road to visit another family in Welverdiend, a community adjacent to South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Joseph, our guide and the son of an InDuna, or village headman, points out a fairly non-descript house. …

Teaching Kenya's Warriors to Make Peace With Fast-Disappearing Lions

National Geographic Emerging Explorer Shivani Bhalla enlists locals to save lions.<p><i>Editor's note: Shivani Bhalla is one of National Geographic's 2014 emerging explorers, a designation that honors tomorrow's visionaries—those making discoveries, making a difference, and inspiring people to care about</i> …

Polar Bears Use Scent as a Trail of Bread Crumbs

Wildlife<p>A new study confirms polar bears leave signals for mates with every step they take. (Photograph by Mike Lockhart)<p>National Geographic<p>Imagine you’ve drawn a line across a jigsaw puzzle, and you’re following that line from beginning to end. Suddenly the puzzle breaks apart and the pieces move …

Low TB figures fuel fresh badger cull criticism

New statistics show tuberculosis outbreaks in cattle reached a decade low in March 2014<p>The UK government faced renewed criticism of its controversial badger cull as figures showed new tuberculosis outbreaks in cattle had reached a decade low.<p>New figures showed the monthly incidence rate for bovine …